[SATLUG] OT: Hard Drive Failure

Matt Kinsel mkinsel at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 15:28:17 CST 2008

Yes, but apparently your drive was still detected by your computer. This
drive is not even recognized by Windows or Linux as being connected in any
way whatsoever. FWIW, it's always been a storage-only drive.

On Feb 13, 2008 2:51 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com> wrote:

> Actually, that's not true.  Here's what happened:
> My hard-drive was on my WinXP system when it failed.  It was suspended,
> & when I tried to get it to wake up -- nothing.  It also wouldn't boot
> or anything else.  I got another hard-drive set-up as the primary boot
> drive and tried hooking up the bad one as a secondary drive, and XP
> started formatting it.  I can't tell how far it got before I stopped it,
> but it corrupted the boot & file table data so I couldn't see or do
> anything on that drive.  It just looked like an unformatted drive.  The
> Unistal "Quick Recovery" program was able to read the data off
> sector-by-sector and rebuild something like 90% of what was on the drive
> nevertheless.  It just took a while (about 24 hours for a 120GB drive)
> to search each and every sector to do that.
> Once it searched for and identified all the files it could find, it
> saved that data so I have been able to go back and recovery files
> several times since then, all with a high degree of success.  It's only
> the files in areas where the sectors were corrupted (or maybe physically
> damaged?) that I haven't been able to recover -- but that actually
> represents only a small fraction of what I _was_ able to retrieve.
> In short, the software doesn't seem to care if the drive is formatted or
> not.  It built it's own file tables and identified where the data is
> located so it can rebuild the files by reading directly off the disk
> itself.
> Matt Kinsel wrote:
> > Thanks for the advice, y'all. The only thing is, the two programs
> > recommended seem to work only with a drive that you can actually access.
> Is
> > that correct? My drive is not even being recognized by Windows or Linux.
> It
> > has a status light that remains in the "starting" indication and never
> fully
> > mounts.
> >
> > Here's the product I have: http://tinyurl.com/2w93xd
> >
> > On Feb 13, 2008 2:12 PM, Jose Leiva <leivajose at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> you can try using SpinRite, it can try to repair your disk, but in your
> >> case
> >> the only option is to recover the data.
> >> its a pretty easy interface. I did use it last week but my hard drive
> was
> >> long gone : (.
> >> Here is the website http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
> >> you can watch the videos on youtube and see how it works. keyword
> >> "SpinRite"
> >>
> >> the downside is that its $89, but its worth every penny
> >> it works on windows, linux
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